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A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.

Teen idol at 15, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics, both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the 80s, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

©2011 Rob Lowe (P)2011 Random House AudioBooks

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It was great to hear from the horses mouth.

The best thing about this Audible book was the naration by Rob. He is a good actor and can put all the accents and humour into the words he wrote and read. I really enjoyed the journey and got through it in two days while walking my dog. The dog enjoyed the very long walks with me laughing out loud.

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Very lovely stories!

I really enjoyed this memoir, would have loved to hear a little bit more about his career after The West Wing, and the Brat Pack. Very lovely stories.

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  • Jon
  • 27-08-2021

Fantastic stories

Rob Lowe has lead such an extraordinary life, I enjoyed hearing him tell his stories

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What an interesting life

Really enjoyed the content and narration of this audiobook, always more enjoyable when read by the author. Loved that it takes you on a journey through childhood dreams, to success and stardom, to a fulfilled life of a different kind. Rob is a very intelligent and likeable man with a dry sense of humour that made me laugh often throughout the book.

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Well worth reading or listening to

This is a beautiful narrated book from a great actor and person in general .. an enjoyable experience into the life and lives of some of Hollywood’s big names

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Great stories

I really enjoyed this book more than I thought. The tales were great and Robs impressions were very clever. Highly recommend.

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Filled in the gaps

I grew up in the UK, "with Rob" as we are the same age (4 weeks between our birthdays) and I had to suffer the indignity of my now wife (then my girlfriend) having posters of Rob all over her bedroom. Sickeningly good looking and in truth still is. I have been a West Wing fan since Ep 1, watched all 7 seasons numerous times and was saddened when he left after S4. Listening to his book I related, to his struggles and even not knowing these people he described/met/commented on personally, he made me feel connected and his ability to create the voices is a talent. Well done Rob, the book told us where you went in our lives when not on TV or films, stay grounded and thank you.

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Truly amazing!!

I hadn’t ever even considered reading this book, that was until I stumbled upon Rob’s podcast “Literally!! with Rob Lowe”.
I feel in love with his voice and his story telling.

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Loved this book!

What a fabulous account of Rob Lowe’s journey to date. Really well told and connected many dots for me of Rob’s career.
Thank you for sharing your career and personal journey!!
I am now watching The West Wing & loving it!

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Funny & very humble

This book told the story of someone who could acknowledge his mistakes, why he missed roles and the challenges to obtain what he wanted.
Only drawback was I was left wanting more, which of course is not a negative.

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  • Björn
  • 18-11-2012

A surprisingly brilliant book

I say surprisingly brilliant, but I had seen the customer ratings and read a couple of reader reviews so it may not have been a total surprise.
I bumped into Lowe's autobiography while browsing for 80s cinema related books on Amazon. Admittedly Lowe had never rated that highly on my radar, but I noticed it had a solid star rating and decided to investigate further. This was to be my first of many books here on Audible. It is my favorite audiobook so far, out of 10 or so, due to both excellent performance by Lowe as a narrator and his brilliant storytelling.
Lowe tells us the story of his life so far, holds nothing back and seems to omit details only when it might otherwise hurt someone who is, or has been close to him. Lowe's pacing is great, he gives just enough detail to never become boring and somehow manages to make the ordinary events of his early life seem just as interesting as his later years as a movie star.

Highly recommended

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  • maryam
  • 08-08-2012

Utterly fun!

If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, witty, FUN

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

His experience on the set of the outsiders. I felt like I was right there with them, a fly on the wall.

What does Rob Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

With his tone, he draws you in with him. Like you were having the conversation over a glass of pinot.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he couldnt cry and Tommy gave him that little touching speech.

Any additional comments?

Halfway through it I purchased the movie the outsiders and watched it. Bawled! Stay Golden Rob!

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  • Sophie
  • 02-06-2011

Definitely worth listening to the audio version

This wonderfully written story is fascinating and moving, often at the same time. I bought the audiobook as I didn't think I'd have time to read the print book any time soon (lots of other things to read!) and I'm glad I chose the audio version because hearing Rob read it, as well as his spot-on impressions of his co-stars and directors, is hugely entertaining. Even if you read the print book, you should get the audio just to hear him read it - it's that good.

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  • Mandy Maggen
  • 05-04-2019

Fabulous book to listen to

Having grown up in the 80s and being a young and impressionable teenager i can remember watching Rob Lowe in many of the movies he mentions. He was gorgeous then he's even more so now. But listening to his voice has been absolute pleasure. His determination to succeed and the trials he's been through show that everyone is human and everyone can fall. It's those who get up who succeed. Thank you for sharing such intimate interesting details Rob it's been a fun ride!

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  • Lisa Knight
  • 02-07-2018

Such a lovely Storyteller - not just a pretty face

I was enthralled by his caressing voice and rewarded to realise, yet again, Rob Lowe is far more that a pretty face. I was surprised by how easily I fell into the story and how well I was held to the end.

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  • Paul
  • 18-09-2016

Amazing read

Well written, fantastic memoir from one of my favourite Brat Pack actors from the 1980s

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  • Zoe
  • 16-04-2015

Really interesting!

I loved this book and getting to know the story behind one of my favourite actors was great. It being narrated by Rob Lowe himself made it all the better!!

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  • Paul
  • 20-02-2015

Absolutely Brilliant!

One of the greats of the 1980's shares his career and personal life. A fantastic book, very well written with great lough out loud moments.
Sit back and enjoy stories about The Outsiders, The West Wing, St Elmos Fire and my personal favourite Youngblood!
Paul Aladjadjian - Sydney Australia

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  • Audible Listener
  • 11-02-2015

Interesting Life

Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's very interesting. I found the story to be engaging and well paced.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Lowe himself! After all.... That's who it's about

What does Rob Lowe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His reading of the story is great. You get the sense that he's speaking to you

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  • sibarit
  • 24-10-2014

Excellent

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I have always avoided books written by celebrities (or ghost writers) . But this book.. I think it's a combination of Rob Lowe voice , the stories and the obvious passion for movies. Buy it, you will not regret it .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2011

One of my best audiobooks so far

Really enjoyed this - very thoughtful, well-written and read, and gets the balance about right between respecting some confidences and telling you some of the more salacious details. As another reviewer has noted, the later years are covered in far less detail than the earlier ones - more on the West Wing years in particular would have been nice.

But I don't want to nitpick. Some audio books can feel a bit of a chore to return to but I always looked forward to getting back to this one. I hope he writes more.

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  • alexander
  • 10-02-2014

Fun, insightful but no real gossip.

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Rob describes his long climb to showbiz success in a highly descriptive fashion, this is very welcome particularly as he begins to breakthrough and we meet the "bratpack". There are some nice stories and i particularly enjoyed the depth of the background tales giving us detail on casting, off set and on set. As you would excpect the narration by the subject is faultless and indeed this is one of the cases where its perfectly read. I personally didnt know that much about Rob Lowe before but i feel i really do now, the great aspect is the introduction of so many other people in his story. Michael j Fox , estevez, Sheens etc, i now want to go and find there books to piece it all together.Really great story, if you like movies this will impress you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-03-2012

Enjoyable

Wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book, biography from birth to present or anecdotes? Rob Lowe just tells stories from his exciting life most of it about famous friends but also about his family. I really enjoyed this book and it was nice to hear the stories in Rob Lowes own voice. Sometimes it feels as if he is bragging and name dropping but i got past that and really got into to the telling of this book.

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  • Robyn
  • 01-07-2011

An easy listen

Interesting insight into a world so different to my own. Lowe's narration adds to sense of personal sharing. Not a whole lot of soul bared, but enough to give some understanding of the man/ his achievements, and have to admit, have made me really like him. (Jury was out previously - too good looking to be likeable?) I found his recount of his involvement with the West Wing interesting....

An easy listen - helps a few commuting hours fly by.

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  • Loraine
  • 16-06-2011

Loraine

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and like the Michael Caine biography having the author narrate their work added greatly to my enjoyment. Mr. Lowe is easy on the ear (as well as the eye)! Whilst I loved Michael Caine's chuckles in his narration Rob Lowe's impersonations of other celebrities are quite excellent - Mr. Lowe may just have missed out on selling another of his not inconsequential talents.

Highly recommended

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  • Curvy Wordy
  • 29-10-2013

Middle of the road

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not really...it's just that the story wasn't as exciting and interesting as I hoped it would be.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was rather relieved. The book was dull so it was nice to get to the end.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes - slow and dreary!

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I have always had a soft spot for Rob Lowe and although that hasn't changed after listening to this audiobook I am afraid I feel like this was a waste of a credit. The story was slow and Rob's voice unemotional and unfeeling. It was easy to switch off from listening, which is a shame as I wasn't expecting that.

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  • Maxine Acton
  • 22-06-2011

Personal Stories Well Told!

I thoroughly enjoyed this - my first autobiography. His stories are light-hearted in the main with the occasional 'heavy' moment. I would not have been a particular fan of his but having seen him interviewed about this book I thought I would give it a go for a change. His recollections of his fledgling career and the careers of his peers are entertaining and insightful in some cases. I would have liked more on his career currently but in the main I recommend this book - lovely sitting in the car listening to Rob Lowe telling me about his life!

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  • STEViE - One Bloke One Mandolin
  • 22-08-2018

Outstanding and highly recommended.

Rob Lowe's reading of his book is so far one of the two best books I have listened to on Audible. It's not just read by the author, it is inhabited, as any autobiography should be but many are not.
A thoroughly enjoyable journey through the actors full and interesting life, warts and all.
His narration is emotive and when other characters are introduced, impressively voiced.
I'm certain I shall return to this again and again.
Bravo Rob Lowe and thank you. CHEERS !!

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  • eduardo
  • 10-07-2018

What a lovely autobiography!

It is such a pleasure to negate Rob Lowe telling his story. He is serious about acting, serious about trying to be a good person and serious about being a good writer too. His funny stories are subtle and charming and he does the voices very well too being a natural mimic.

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  • Ben
  • 23-05-2018

loved it

Purchased on a whim. A fab and honest account of a life so far, though more detail about his earlier years. would highly recommend this and would eagerly await another by him. Lovely performance with an easy listenable voice.

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